'Dead Poets Society' director to receive Venice Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement

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Peter Weir, the Australian director of "Dead Poets Society" and "The Truman Show", volition beryllium honored for his vocation astatine this year's Venice Film Festival, organizers said connected Thursday.

Weir, 79, had his planetary breakthrough with 1975's arthouse classical "Picnic astatine Hanging Rock", moving connected to enactment successful Hollywood successful the 1980s.

His different notable films see 1985's "Witness", starring Harrison Ford, and the seafaring epic "Master and Commander" from 2003, with chap Australian Russell Crowe successful the pb role.

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He received an Honorary Oscar Award successful 2022 and volition prime up a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement successful Venice.

Dead Poets Society scene

Robin Williams is seen teaching a people successful a country from the movie "Dead Poets Society" successful 1989. Peter Weir, the Australian manager of "Dead Poets Society" and "The Truman Show", volition beryllium honored for his vocation astatine this year's Venice Film Festival, organizers said connected Thursday. (Touchstone Pictures/Getty Images)

"The Venice Film Festival and its Golden Lion are portion of the folklore of our craft. To beryllium singled retired arsenic a recipient for a lifetime's enactment arsenic a manager is simply a sizeable honor," Weir said successful a statement.

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Venice hosts the world's oldest movie festival connected its Lido island. Its 81st variation is scheduled to tally from Aug. 28 to Sept. 7, and the movies successful contention are owed to beryllium announced successful July.

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